3 Meeting Games: The Name Ladder Game
With new consultants joining all the time it is a good idea for direct sales leaders to plan a meeting ice breaker at every single meeting.
Meeting Games: Name Ladder
Using meeting games such as the Name Ladder is a good way to make the initial introductions.
It’s best if the participants are seated in a circle, since lots of smiling and eye contact among the members of the group enhances the effect.
The leader speaks her own name first, then establishes the direction of the game by pointing to a person next to her. That person then speaks the team leader’s name, followed by her own.
The next person recites the names of the two ahead of her, then hers.
The activity proceeds in this fashion until the last person recites all the names in the group, adding her own at the end. Hints and coaching come from the other members as the list of names lengthens, strengthening the team’s bond.
The leader might choose to conclude the activity by reciting the whole list of names again, adding her own at the end.
Consultants Make Friends With Bump The Balloon
In subsequent meetings, other icebreakers are more suitable.
Bump the Balloon is an easy activity that gets the team members out of their chairs and working together at a simple and entertaining task.
Members are charged with keeping the balloon in the air while the team leader calls out which body parts they are to use – heads, hands, elbows, knees – and declaring which item of information to reveal with each bump. Common choices are names, spouse’s names, sales rank last month, favorite product, total number of sales, etc.
Five Favorite Things
A third icebreaker for established groups is Five Favorite Things.
The team leader picks a topic and asks each member to state their five favorite things about it. For example, she might choose a line of company products, which is also a good way to disseminate information about the product line.
If the company is offering incentives to boost sales like an expenses-paid vacation to a great location, she might ask participants to name five favorite things about the destination, or about the incentive itself.
Another might be the five favorite ways each member spends their free time, or even their five favorite desserts!
When team members find they share favorites in common, it builds strong bonds that can be built upon beyond team meetings.